Reviewed by Deena Peterson
The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson by Don Reid
"If you've ever enjoyed the songs of the Statler Brothers, you'll devour "The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson". Even if you weren't a fan...take a listen at this highly recommended novel."
Some would say it is a long way from the stage of country music to the publishing industry of Christian fiction, but Don Reid makes it seamless. He takes his knack for storytelling in song and turns out full-length novels that are engaging, entertaining, and worth every minute spent turning pages.
In his newest novel, Don introduces us to three friends: Carl, Harlan and Buddy. Three boys who've grown up together in the small locale of Mt. Jefferson...a town Mr. Reid is revisiting (Remember "O Little Town"?). Think 'Mystic River' without all of the ick factor and you'll have the story in a nutshell.
Buddy has become a lieutenant with the local police department and he's good at what he does. When the call comes in that his friend Harlan is in the hospital, in serious condition due to a gunshot, Buddy can't help but be on the case from the first moment.
Carl has entered the ministry, much to the surprise of his friends and family. He too is at Harlan's side from the first phone call, but for a different reason. Carl senses Harlan's need to commune with his Maker...and he intends to be there for his friend at all costs.
With skillful flashbacks to the boys' early years, Don Reid takes us on a fully fleshed out back-and-forth journey that hooks the reader from page one and doesn't let go until the final page is turned. You'll find yourself cheering for Buddy to find the shooter, loving Carl for his passion, and wondering how to feel about Harlan...
...is he the good guy, the bad
guy...or the guy caught up in something horrific? Pay attention to every
detail...Don doesn't waste a drop. If
you've ever enjoyed the songs of the Statler Brothers, you'll devour "The
Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson". Even if you weren't a fan...take a listen
at this highly recommended novel.
Deena Peterson is the mom of 8, with an active two-year-old grandson! She's also a pastor's wife, worship leader, Bible study leader, and homeschool mom. She stays so busy she meets herself coming and going! Visit her at her blog A Peek At My Bookshelf.